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Sun Valley Resort Opening Day 2018/19

Opening day for the 2018/19 ski season at Sun Valley Resort is less than 4 weeks away! It's hard to pick a favorite time of year here in Ketchum, but there is something undeniably thrilling about the start of ski season. As the mountain become capped in white, town begins buzzing with excitement for the winter ski and snowboard season. This year Bald Mountain is scheduled to open on November 22, 2018 - Thanksgiving Day.

What's New

Cold Springs Canyon Project

This winter, Sun Valley Resort begins the much-anticipated replacement of the resort’s oldest chairlift with a high-speed detachable chair. Work on Cold Springs #4 is well underway and will be ready for riding next winter! This lift replacement adds an additional 380 acres of skiable terrain to Sun Valley’s existing 2,054 acres. Early this summer, crews rerouted and reconstructed the Cold Springs mountain bike trail and began site preparation. The project is on schedule for completion in the fall of 2019. Learn More

The Healthy Forests Initiative

Sun Valley Resort continued their partnership with the United States Forest Service for the Healthy Forests Initiative this summer. This partnership has resulted in nearly 18 acres of additional gladed skiing on Bald Mountain, bringing the overall total number of acres to 81! The Healthy Forests Initiative aims to improve forest health by clearing overstocked vegetation and trees to reduce potential hazards and destructive insects.

Warm Springs Day Lodge

Due to a tragic fire this summer, just days after the end of the 2017/18 ski season closed, Sun Valley Resort has rebuilt and improved the Warm Springs Day Lodge. The new lodge will feature an enhanced guest experience with expanded seating, a larger dining area and a more efficient layout. The bar will be relocated to the front of the building, providing scenic mountain views and a more inclusive and dynamic atmosphere within the lodge. A new Konditorei Express location, serving organically-grown, locally roasted coffee and house-made pastries will open daily at 8am during the winter season. TheSun Valley SnowSports school desk will also be relocating to a more convenient location with easy access to the outside of the building. Learn More

Enhanced Air Service

Access to Sun Valley remains strong this winter. The 2018/19 season will include nonstop flights from 6 major cities including, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Chicago O’Hare, and Salt Lake City. Learn More

Early Season Events

Sun Valley’s events are a wonderful way to spend the holidays. Tear it up on Opening Day at Bald Mountain, then settle in and celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Enjoy the excitement of the holiday season in the mountains with early season events like The Winter Wonderland Holiday Festival, The Snowball Special Fat Bike Race and more! There is so much to look forward to in this 2018/2019 Sun Valley ski season… We can’t wait to see you on Opening Day, Thursday, November 22, 2018!

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